As the Priestly Sex Abuse Scandal Grows…Is the Pope of Rome Guilty?
The priestly sex abuse scandal is massive, global, and growing. It started some years ago in the United States, then spread to other lands, especially Ireland. And now it seems all of Europe is being rocked by the revelations. It is difficult to predict where it will end, or what the eventual outcome will be; but certainly these are momentous times. “Ireland was the first in Europe to confront the church’s worldwide custom of shielding pedophile priests from the law and public scandal. Now that legacy of suppressed childhood horror is being confronted in other parts of the Continent – nowhere more poignantly than in Germany, the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI. The recent spread of claims into the Netherlands, Austria and Italy has analysts and churchmen wondering how deep the scandal runs, which nation will be touched next, and whether a tide of lawsuits will force European dioceses to declare bankruptcy like their American cousins.”
Beginning in January of this year, from Benedict’s home country of Germany, reports of child sexual abuse by priests at Roman Catholic schools began to pour in, and German prosecutors opened investigations into the allegations. The abuse allegedly occurred from the 1950s to the present. At a Benedictine-run boarding school, the abbot stepped down as the allegations surfaced. Even the sinister Jesuits are not immune: the director of a German Jesuit school is being investigated. By late February, 150 people had come forward to say that they were sexually abused by priests at several Roman Catholic schools across Germany. Victims identified 12 Jesuit priests by name, and accused women in some cases as well. An attorney appointed by the Jesuit Order to handle the charges told the press that the accusations have “taken on a dimension of unbelievable proportions.” And in Holland, there were over 200 reports of alleged priestly sexual abuse by March.
The Vatican was accused of collusion to cover up the abuse in Germany. Predictably, Vatican spokesman, Jesuit priest Federico Lombardi, denied this. But there is nothing new in Rome’s attempts to sweep all such matters under the carpet. Just read ex-priest Charles Chiniquy’s classic book, 50 Years in the “Church” of Rome, and see how it has always been Rome’s policy to simply transfer priests found guilty of such sins to other places, where they continue their wickedness. Or read another book by Chiniquy, The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional, for still more horrifying details. Rome never changes.